The Boston Celtics “lurk as a dark horse” in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, according to The Vertical’s Chris Mannix, if Durant chooses to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“The Summer of Durant will be wild, with Durant eager to be courted, to see how other teams operate,” wrote Mannix. “Golden State will be in the mix, San Antonio too, while Boston lurks as a dark horse, the Eastern Conference alternative if Durant chooses to extract himself from the bruising Western Conference playoffs.”
That should be music to your ears coming from Mannix.
Sure, it’s just a pipedream for Durant to join the Celtics, but there’s little doubt he at least has interest in the franchise. Durant said publicly “the tradition of being a Boston Celtic is second to none,” but his interest goes far beyond that.
After the Celtics lost to the Thunder earlier this season, Durant reportedly strolled down the hallway looking at photos of Celtics legends plastered on the walls. Before leaving for the team bus, he said, “man, there’s a lot of history in this building.”
Durant has also developed a friendship with Isaiah Thomas. CSN’s own Jimmy Toscano detailed that Thomas’ letter in the Players’ Tribune might’ve actually been a message to Durant. And then there’s the fact Kendrick Perkins has already admitted that Durant has talked to him about “a few teams” in free agency.
Don’t be too stunned if in early July we receive news that Kevin Durant is meeting with Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics...